How to be Location Independent as a Writer

September 25, 2014 in Digital Nomad, Guest Posts

High quality Wi-Fi is the life blood of the digital nomad traveling to any part of the world that has a steady stream of electricity. Hotels are picked based on their suitability for an office, not on best view. This group blends in with the backpackers who are fighting to make their minimum budgets stretch from coast to coast. They may be grungy roamers, but they have a credit card, and PayPal deposits twice a week. These deposits are minimal but it fills them with pad-ka-pow, covers them with a bamboo roof, and gets them on the next flight to Bangkok. How do these “suitcasers” make a living writing online? How do they remain location independent?

The Big Mango - Jake NeedhamIn the Beginning

Often when someone thinks of a freelance writer, they get images of best-selling authors like Jake Needham. They think that a career in writing belongs to the elite. While these authors are busy writing books, somebody has to write web content. In fact, the qualifications for entry level content writing are very low. Did you pass English in the 10th grade? You are probably qualified. Low qualifications always correspond with low pay. Entry level content writers make one cent per word. Assignments will typically be around 500 words. If you could write an assignment in an hour you would make a whopping five dollars an hour. The problem is a new writer won’t even be able to write an article in three hours let alone one. Add in the time finding work and editing returned assignments, you will probably make $1.50 an hour. Never fear, it goes up from here.

Development

Freelance writers need to constantly improve their writing abilities. The more practice you have had putting thoughts into written words the quicker they will pour though your hands. The more time you have spent contemplating the difference between the colon or semicolon, the quicker you will become in selecting correct punctuation. Practice outlining articles and researching subject matter will also improve your word count per hour.

Speed is only going to get you so far. If you ever want to be paid more than one cent per word you need to be able to write accordingly. Content mills grade the quality of your articles. Editors are not only looking at your grammar they are seeing if you can follow detailed instructions. Master this, and you may see your rate turn into three cents per word.

Contacts

Ultimately you want to get away from third parties. They take approximately 35% of your potential earnings. After enough networking you may be able to drop them permanently. One way to do this is simply by writing an email to your client. Just to let them know you are available. If they like your writing style they may choose to work with you in the future.

Guest Blog

Write articles for free, on subjects that interest you. This is a good way to start a relationship that may become profitable.

Start a Blog

Many potential employers are going to want to see examples of your writing. There is no better way than having it displayed on your own website. Alternatively, why not see if you can publish your story on Medium.

Stay Free!

Remember the main goal is to stay location independent. Don’t accidentally turn your Freelance job into slavery. The only problem with becoming a proficient writer is that people may actually want you to write.

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This guest post was written by Ryan Johnston in Phuket, Thailand. He reached out to me when I commissioned some blog posts for a client. He has spent the last few years location independent writing for clients on Textbroker and playing poker online. Playing poker online? Yes, another, slightly unorthodox way to be location independent. More of this in another post…

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Choosing A Job You Like

December 26, 2013 in Internet Marketing Lifestyle, Marketing Quotes

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“Choose a job that you like, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Confucius, a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher.

Some people go into a job hunt thinking that they have absolutely no control over the job that they might end up getting in the end. Most people are easy to jump at the job that has the best financial opportunity regardless of the type of work that they are given. It’s much more important to look into an occupation that can present you with more freedom, or something that you find more interesting.

Less Stressful

We spend a large amount of our waking hours sitting at a desk or sitting at work. Although a 40 hour week doesn’t sound like much in the grand scheme of things, many of us work well and above these hours and when we consider working this much over a lifetime these hours can really add up. This is why enjoying the time that you spend working is very important. There are bound to be some stressful days in any job that you take on but regularly experiencing stress or discomfort in the workplace can lead to health concerns and severely impact your quality of life.

I love what I do for a living so 99% of the time it really doesn’t feel like work. Another big plus point for me is the freedom my live/work lifestyle affords me. I enjoy lots of mini holidays, work from beautiful resorts, by the pool or in my pants in my condo!: )

Take Your Options

If you are already stuck in a job where you feel trapped or you are experiencing an abnormal amount of stress every single day, it’s very important to look into the options you have. We live in a very exciting time. Working online is now easier than ever before and you have resources available to you such as online freelancing websites, living the Internet marketing lifestyle or even becoming an entrepreneur to eventually attain the freedom of being able to work on a beach. You can start small and begin working part-time to check out some of these options for yourself but it is important to note that selecting a job you enjoy doing is a great way that you can get the most out of life and the hours that you work as well as achieve financial security.

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Catch the Trade Winds in Your Sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

December 5, 2013 in Marketing Quotes

Mark Twain

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”Mark Twain, American author and humorist.

The truth is, life is pretty short. We don’t have a lot of time to waste while we’re here and unfortunately we can end up spending quite a lot of it working. The unfortunate byproduct of life is that it gets expensive and as a result we need to maintain our jobs in order to have financial freedom. The more expensive that life gets however, the more that we have to work and the less time that we have. This is the problem that plagues us all but luckily there is a solution…

Within the past decade it has become much easier to work from home and become your own boss. There are millions of opportunities online to make money as well as some fantastic opportunities that are available for people who are interested in marketing and selling products online. Many people are content to look back on the last 20 years at jobs that they enjoy doing even if it is for companies, but some people may not have the same positive thoughts towards their occupation. For those people, it may be time to cast off and start creating your own opportunities.

Discover the Internet Lifestyle

With a bit of research and some creativity you can quickly discover that there is an entire Internet lifestyle available with the freedom that you may have always wanted. Networks of freelancers, online business people, and Internet marketers all come together to work online and give up the traditional 9 to 5. Being your own boss can be extremely rewarding but it is important to test the waters first before you jump in with both feet. Spend some time doing research and creating some part-time opportunities before you give up the financial security that you received that your current occupation. When you feel as though you can make it on your own, go for it and experience the freedom that you deserve.


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Imagination Will Take You Everywhere

November 28, 2013 in Marketing Quotes

Logic Will Get You From A To B. Imagination Will Take You Everywhere.

Imagination - Albert Einstein

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist who developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics.

After nearly three years of living in Bangkok, tomorrow we will head to one of the many islands to view places to live. Instead of living in the city and having mini breaks in neighboring countries and islands we plan to set up a base on an island and have mini breaks in the city. Working online allows me the freedom to really live and create my perfect lifestyle.

Staying with the company and working is another example of a path that will get you from A to B. While working with the same company may allot you some extra opportunities and perceived freedoms, it’s ultimately something that you create for yourself and work at that will take you far beyond anything that a company could offer.

Grow your Skills

It’s very important to remember that everyone has a sense of creativity and marketable skills. Today more than ever, it is far easier to start with an idea and to grow it into an Internet lifestyle or business that you can run for yourself. Even something as simple as having an idea is enough to get started with the business and begin your success. With a large market of international freelancers, each with their own individual skills to bring to the table there is literally boundless talent available to you online to start up your business or to deliver services to clients online. I regularly employ the services of writers, programmers, graphic designers, art directors, translators, videographers, cartoonists, social media managers, SEO services, proof readers, researchers and a lots more. Are these skills you have or could learn to start to develop a freedom freelance lifestyle of your own?

Give your Imagination a Chance

Working behind a desk at a company can be extremely crippling to your imagination and can cause stress as well as an overall lack of flexibility in your life. Starting your own company, or working at your own business is an excellent way to gain an enormous amount of freedom when it comes to the workplace. Many people who have begun offering services in partnership with freelancers, or people who have become freelancers themselves are now able to work from anywhere in the world. With just a little bit of imagination and commitment you could potentially be working on a beach somewhere instead of behind a desk each day. It’s surprising where you imagination will take you when you let it!

If you are content to continue on your path from A to B, you will be rewarded with little in the way of any real financial security and overall lack of freedom and flexibility. If you are interested in doing a bit of work and helping your imagination expand, consider trying the Internet lifestyle for yourself. Freelance.com is a good place to start. Open a free account and start making independent money from your skills. Click the button below.

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Exciting Job Opportunity for Freedom Freelancer

November 21, 2013 in Internet Marketing, Internet Marketing Lifestyle

Freedom Freelance Position

Yes we are hiring! My company Blend Local Search Marketing is looking for a talented individual with a passion for social media. This position would suite a freedom freelancer who is capable of working remotely from home, a coffee shop or even the beach with full support and little supervision.

You can discover more about this exciting opportunity at the Mother Ship. Good luck!

Exciting Job Opportunity for Freedom Freelancer


Success Means Only Doing What You Do Well, Letting Someone Else Do The Rest

November 14, 2013 in Internet Marketing Lifestyle

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When starting a business online there are many new entrepreneurs to try to take on too much too fast. An excellent feature of the online lifestyle and working online, is that there are experts at your fingertips all of the time. There are millions of freelancers that can be found online each with their own individual skill set and this is extremely valuable if you are trying to get a business off of the ground, or you are trying to offer a service online.

One of the first realizations as a budding business owner or entrepreneur is that you can’t and shouldn’t try to do everything on your own. Sir Richard Branson runs multiple companies from Virgin Airlines, Virgin Trains and Virgin Mobile but he doesn’t fly his planes, drive his trains or man the call centers. He hire’s professionals to do that so he can grow and scale his business.

By checking the market for freelancers who have reliable skills to your business, you can work to fill in any gaps as a business owner or entrepreneur. This way you can focus on all of the aspects of your business that you feel that you can handle well, or that you feel that you are an expert on. The remaining pieces of your business can then be filled by a freelancer.

A prime example of this could be if you are a business who has just launched a new product. Offering up Internet marketing opportunities with commissions for Internet marketers is an excellent way that you can see a variety of advertising material produced for your product without having to spend the time creating it yourself. Creating advertising can take time, and making sure that your advertising is converting is something that takes even more time. The excellent part of Internet marketing is that quite a lot of the work is taken out of the hands of the business owner. They simply were to receive sales and pay out commissions as they receive their money. Internet marketers are reimbursed for their time and effort that is spent on advertising through these commission dollars and both parties end up making money. This is a prime example of how freelancers and online workers can make a difference with your online business.

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Success Means Only Doing What You Do Well, Letting Someone Else Do The Rest.